Fresh off their 4-0 victory in the Campeón de Campeones game, Tigres UANL earned a 2-0 win against León in their Apertura 2018 debut. The result extends the universitarios’ home unbeaten streak to an impressive 28 games.
The visitors started the game off attacking and it wasn’t long before Luis Montes tried his luck from distance, hitting the post and giving the the home fans a nervous moment. Then Mauro Boselli’s attempt on the half-volley forced a good save out of Nahuel Guzmán to keep León off the board.
But Tigres weathered the early onslaught and then began to generate attacks of their own, with André-Pierre Gignac and Lucas Zelarayán testing Rodolfo Cota with shots from mid-range.
Then, in the 37th minute, Tigres opened the scoring. Zelarayán sent a picture-perfect free kick over the wall and into the net to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
In the second half, Tigres continued to attack as they looked for an insurance goal, and in the 57th minute they found it. Zelarayán sent in a good cross from the right and Gignac was there to head it home: 2-0.
León went to their bench as they looked to get back into the game, but they were unable to break down Tigres’ defense.
With the 2-0 win, Tigres reach three points while León still has zero.
Tigres: Nahuel Guzmán, Hugo Ayala, Jorge Torres Nilo, Rafael Carioca (Raúl Torres 80′), Lucas Zelarayán (Eduardo Vargas 76′), Guido Pizarro, Javier Aquino, Jürgen Damm, Luis Rodríguez (Israel Jiménez 88′), Jesús Dueñas, André-Pierre Gignac.
León: Rodolfo Cota, Andrés Mosquera, Fernando Navarro, William Tesillo, Juan Cornejo, Leonel López (Pedro Aquino 59′), Luis Montes, Alexander Mejía, Maximiliano Cerato (Jorge Díaz 69′), Walter González (Héctor Mascorro 50′), Mauro Boselli.